Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New photo of McCutcheon Crew!

Darrel White, son of crew 11 member Glen White, supplied us with the Navy photo of Crew 11. Previously we only had a photo of the photo being taken, which was pretty great in its own right! Now we have the result of that photo session, and you can now see it here!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Minor Milestone Passed

I completed updating the look on the crew pages this morning. I still have a lot more pages and content to update and/or add, but it's great to finally have completed this part of the work. I had to adapt some of the content to the new look, which slowed things down. Also, I realized that a few crew members that were listed on the crew pages were not listed in the master roster list. This was because the information for these crew members came not from the original source, the book, but rather from a crew member from that particular crew. The crews in question were relief crews, which were poorly documented owing to lack of action logs, since by then the war was over, as well as the physical disconnect from the original crew members and the relief crews.

This morning I happened to take a look in a folder that contained an early version of this website and was struck by how simple it was back then - just a few pages, really. Now it's gotten to be quite a job to update globally, since there are many dozens of pages. I'm not sure how many pages there are total, but it's really grown.

Friday, June 4, 2010

2010 VPB-118 Reunion

The details on this year's reunion in Grand Rapids have been finalized and the letters with the details will be going out soon. Some of the events planned are a visit to the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum which has the submarine USS Silversides, the Coast Guard cutter USCGC McLane, and the new Robert G. Morin Museum. Visit their site for more information. We will pop into Grand Haven for a bite to eat and a stroll around. We will also visit the Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, which has the enormous Leonardo DaVinci bronze horse sculpture that I mentioned in a previous message, along with many other great objets d'art, no doubt.

By the way, the Silversides used to be tied up at Chicago's Navy Pier. I was glad that the Naval Museum gave her safe harbor after the folks that run Chicago decided she had to leave.

Air travel in and out of Grand Rapids should be easy, and Grand Rapids is conveniently located for many, if not all, coming in via the interstate.

If you are not on the mailing list but are a squadron member, relative, or friend of one of the aforementioned folks, please send me an email to get on the list.

I hope to see everyone at the reunion!